Dayton criticizes GOP legislators over opposition to child care worker unionization
St. Paul, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton continued his criticism of Republican legislators, who have a hearing Thursday evening to discuss the possibility of in-home child care workers joining a labor union.
House and Senate committees plan to hear testimony from both sides of an effort to unionize Minnesota's in-home daycare providers.
Dayton is looking into the issue and whether to authorize a vote among providers. Dayton told reporters that he still thinks the hearing is a waste of time and money.
"For something that hasn't even happened yet, where I haven't made any decision yet, where I haven't taken any action yet," Dayton said.
"I think some of them are just frankly whipping this up into a political frenzy to serve their own political purposes. I think that's unfortunate and unfair, and I'm not going to support that activity."
Republicans say they're holding a hearing because lawmakers and their constituents have questions about the legality of such a union.